Gloucester Rugby's off field rebuilding process ahead of the 2014-15 season is all but complete with the news today that Laurie Fisher has been appointed as the club's new Head Coach.
Fisher's arrival from the UC Brumbies is the latest in a line of new faces behind the scenes at Kingsholm, following the announcements of Director of Rugby David Humphreys, Defence Coach John Muggleton and Backs & Attacks Coach Nick Walshe.
The 56 year old will move from his current position of Director of Rugby at the Brumbies, a role he has held since 2012.
Initially appointed as Head Coach of the Brumbies Academy, he became Forwards Coach under David Nucifora and then took over as Head Coach between 2005 and 2008.
Widely regarded as one of the professional game's foremost authorities on forwards play, Fisher has recently overseen the transformation of the UC Brumbies pack into one of the most impressive in Super Rugby.
With a reputation for developing young players and helping them to achieve their potential, Fisher will be a perfect fit for Gloucester's young squad.
CEO Stephen Vaughan confirmed that the search for Gloucester Rugby's new Head Coach had been an extensive one but that he's delighted to get his man.
"Understandably, there has been massive interest in the role over the past few weeks, and we have left no stone unturned as we have strived to find the right person.
"However, once we spoke with Laurie and exchanged ideas and presented our vision of where we want to take the club, it was immediately apparent that this was a great fit. We're absolutely thrilled that he'll be joining us at Kingsholm as part of the new coaching set up.
"He deservedly enjoys a reputation as one of the shrewdest minds in world rugby, an individual who has continually sought to improve himself and his coaching methods. The references and feedback we have had regarding Laurie from high quality people that have worked with him have been very impressive indeed.
"That has been reflected in what he has achieved over the years with both the UC Brumbies and Munster. The number of young players he has coached to achieve great things within the game are too many to mention.
"It's been an incredibly hectic few weeks at the club, but we're delighted with the make up of the playing squad and coaching staff as we look ahead.
"A lot of hard work lies ahead before we kick off the new season and a number of new faces will need time to blend, but I believe we are putting the essential building blocks in place to fulfil our long term goal of sustained success for the club."
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